Happy Diwali to all those who will be celebrating this weekend!
Over the past week, COVID-19 has continued to spread in Ontario, particularly in the GTA. Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa has implemented public health restrictions that will come into effect on Saturday, November 14th. For a period of 28 days, indoor dining will continue to be prohibited and gyms will not be allowed to hold indoor group fitness classes. Gyms will be permitted to reopen with 10 people or fewer total in the building. Event venues and indoor entertainment venues, including casinos and bingo halls, will remain closed.
Dr. de Villa is also strongly recommending limiting your close contact to those who live with you and any essential supports. It is also recommended that employees work from home as much as possible. For those celebrating Diwali this weekend, please only celebrate in person with your immediate household, or consider a virtual celebration.
For more information, including a full list of restrictions and recommendations, click here.
Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe.
Mitzie in the Legislature
The Legislature is on recess this week. Mitzie will be back at Queen’s Park next week to advocate for Scarborough residents.
Mitzie on the Move
East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club Remembrance Day Service
Keeping Scarborough-Guildwood Safe
Public Health Restrictions in Toronto
Earlier this week, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa announced a number of public health measures to be introduced when the City of Toronto is moved by the Province of Ontario into the provincial COVID-19 response framework on November 14.
The new protections come into effect at 12:01 a.m. this Saturday and include strengthened COVID-19 precautions for businesses and public spaces:
- Social gatherings should only be with those you live with and/or one or two essential supports
- Restrict close contacts only to those you live with and your essential supports
- Limit in-person activities outside the home to essential activities only – going to work or school, health care, shopping for your household and health needs, and getting exercise and physical activity
- Businesses and workplaces should implement work from home wherever possible
- Businesses should review their HVAC systems to ensure they are in good working order
- Workplaces should appoint a compliance officer to ensure implementation of occupational health and safety and infection prevention and control measures
- Indoor dining will remain closed
- Indoor fitness classes are not permitted
- Meeting and event spaces will remain closed
- In malls, patrons should not be permitted to consume food or drink while walking through malls
- Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments will remain closed
You can find more information on the measures here.
Scarborough Health Network – Pop-up COVID-19 Assessment Centres
Scarborough Health Network (SHN) is teaming up with Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Health to offer Pop-up COVID-19 Assessment Centres across Scarborough to increase access to testing in communities that need it most.
Check the SHN website here regularly for updates about upcoming pop-ups.
Indigenous COVID-19 Testing Centre in Toronto
Last month, Toronto opened it’s first stationary, Indigenous-led COVID-19 assessment and testing centre, Auduzhe Mino Nesewinong. Indigenous peoples can now receive integrated COVID-19 testing, including case management, contract tracing, outreach supports, and referrals at the centre.
In the Anishinaabe language, Auduzhe Mino Nesewinong means “Place of Healthy Breathing.” The centre is a collaboration between Na-Me-Res, Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto (SGMT), Well Living House at St. Michael’s Hospital, and the Centre for Wise Practices in Indigenous Health at Women’s College Hospital. The facility is housed in a Na-Me-Res building and staffed by Na-Me-Res, SGMT, Well Living House, Inner City Health Associates, and Women’s College Hospital. Tests will be processed by the labs at St. Michael’s and Mount Sinai Hospitals.
We’re working hard to serve the community. If you have any questions, concerns, or want to bring an event or special story to our office’s attention, please get in touch by phone at 416-281-2787 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.